Rank #1: Jeff Bezos
In 1993, a young engineer named Jeff Bezos had the idea to sell books online. He called his new company Amazon and warned many of his early investors that there was a 70 percent chance the venture would either fail or go bankrupt. Twenty-five years later, it's very clear that Bezos' idea did not fail. Amazon not only survived, it thrived. It’s now the world's largest online sales company, and the world's largest provider of cloud infrastructure services. Bezos recently sat down with Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein. They spoke on David Rubenstein's Bloomberg Television program, “Peer to Peer Conversations.”
Sep 20 2018
Rank #2: Michael Milken
There is no one more closely associated with junk bonds than Michael Milken, who, in the 1970s, realized that investors could make more money buying bonds from companies with lower credit ratings than they could from companies with triple-A rated bonds. However, the same competitive nature that made Milken millions ended up hurting him. In 1990, Milken pled guilty to six counts of violating securities law, spent one year and ten months in prison, and paid a government fine of $200 million and put an additional $400 million in a fund to compensate investors. Both before and after his incarceration, Milken has been heavily involved in philanthropy and now leads the Milken Institute, among many other organizations.
Correction: This updated version of the podcast corrects the length of Milken's prison term, which was incorrectly stated in a previous version of the show. It also provides additional context for the fine he was required to pay, and his philanthropic activity.
Nov 01 2018
Rank #3: Dara Khosrowshahi
In August of 2017, Dara Khosrowshahi became the CEO of Uber, succeeding founder Travis Kalanick. Khosrowshahi manages the company's fast-growing business in 63 countries around the world and leads a global team of more than 22,000 employees. Dara was previously the CEO of Expedia, which he grew into one of the world's largest online travel companies. Khosrowshahi spoke with David Rubenstein, co-founder of the Carlyle Group, and host of the Bloomberg television show, Peer to Peer Conversations.
Jul 11 2019
Rank #4: Steve Ballmer
Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates have a lot in common. They were both CEOs of Microsoft, they are two of the wealthiest people in the world, and they both dropped out of prestigious universities to work at the computer company founded by Gates and Paul Allen in 1975.
But when Ballmer joined Microsoft in 1980, the company had yet to dominate the personal computer market, eventually creating three billionaires.
Ballmer recently sat down with Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein to discuss his career.
Jul 19 2018
Rank #5: John Kelly
Retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly stepped down as President Trump's chief of staff at the end of 2018, after more than a year spent managing the daily operations inside the West Wing. Kelly spent most of his entire adult life serving the nation. He wore a Marine uniform for more than 40 years. He was briefly retired before joining the Trump Administration.
Jun 20 2019
Rank #6: Mike Pompeo
Mike Pompeo was sworn in as Secretary of State on April 26, 2018. He previously served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from January 2017 to April 2018. Prior to joining the Trump Administration, Mr. Pompeo was serving in his fourth term as congressman from Kansas' 4th District. He served on the House Intelligence Committee, the Energy and Commerce Committees, as well as the House Select Benghazi Committee. Pompeo sat down with David Rubenstein, co-founder of the Carlyle Group, and host of the Bloomberg television show, Peer to Peer Conversations, to discuss his foreign policy priorities, sanctions against Iran, protecting the integrity of America's elections and his relationship with the President.
Aug 09 2019
Rank #7: Christine Lagarde
When Christine Lagarde was selected to become the first female managing director of the IMF in 2011, it was simply another "first" for the French lawyer, whose long career has included experiences in the legal, governmental, and economic fields in both the public and private sectors.
Oct 18 2018
Rank #8: John Rogers
Noted value investor John Rogers of Ariel Investments, started his firm when he was just 24 years old. Rogers is Chairman and Co-C-E-O of the company, and he sat down with Carlyle Group Co-Chairman David Rubenstein, for a wide-ranging chat. Here's part of their interview on Rubenstein's Bloomberg Television show Peer to Peer conversations.
Aug 28 2019
Rank #9: Alan Greenspan
Serving under four Presidents from both parties, Alan Greenspan holds the title as the second-longest serving Federal Reserve chairman, overseeing America's economy through booms and busts from the 1980s through the 2000s. Greenspan has a new book out now called "Capitalism in America: A History," which he co-wrote with Financial Times reporter Adrian Wooldridge.
Nov 16 2018
Rank #10: Dr. Jim Yong Kim
With degrees and doctorates from Harvard and Brown University, Dr. Jim Yong Kim is one of the best-educated people to ever serve as head of the World Bank, but he is also one of the most unconventional: Kim's degrees are in biology and anthropology and his job history includes time as a professor at Harvard and president of Dartmouth College, where he was the first Asian-American to lead an Ivy League institution.
Sep 06 2018